Sundays at Uncle Dave Macon Days have always been laid back and spiritual, focusing on fellowship, gospel music and community service.
New features at the 37th annual festival, which runs July 11-13, intend to make day three just as entertaining as the previous two days.
“This is the first time we’ve had professional acts to perform Sunday. And we’ve extended the hours so everyone can see all the new features we’ve added,” said Gloria Christy, president of Uncle Dave Macon Days.
Two major changes festival-goers will notice quickly are the new times, with the final day of the festival getting an early start-gates will open at 9 a.m. with activities beginning at 10 a.m. - and the location of the annual Gospel Showcase, which will be held on the new Dixie Dew Drop Stage in Cannonsburgh Village rather than the main stage.
Attendees will also notice something else -- cars.
Presented by Wilson Bank & Trust, the antique car show is one of the new features of the revamped Sunday at Uncle Dave Macon Days. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. guests can view the cars from decades past. Held in the field near the main stage, the car show hosts approximately 200 vehicle entries. Awards for the best entries will be announced near 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
The day starts out with a traditional gospel message and old-fashioned hymn singing. Local life coach Pastor Mike Courtney will provide the message this year.
To take Sunday’s activities up to the next level, Uncle Dave Macon Days organizers focused on bringing in bigger names and talent in Christian music to perform. ICMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” nominee Kristina Craig will return to the festival stage to showcase how she blends Christian and country music.
Also on the Dixie Dew Drop Stage line up are The Blue Laws featuring Val Storey, bringing a soulful bluegrass feel to her gospel music; Chris Golden, son of legendary Oak Ridge Boys William Lee Golden; and the Shotgun Rubies, a new band featuring Val Storey, Kristina Craig, and Donna Barker.
Headlining Sunday’s performance showcase is legendary gospel group Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, who is presented by the Blue Porch Fellowship.
The ninth annual Community Crossroads/Uncle Dave Macon Days Community Service Fair provides an opportunity for the public to meet with representatives from faith-based organizations, social service agencies, and service clubs in Rutherford County and learn more about what resources are available to the community.
It also allows volunteers to educate themselves with areas where they can offer their time and talents to help others. In addition to the local organizations providing information, Goodwill will sponsor a job fair this year as well.
The cost to attend is $5 per person. For more information on Sunday’s events, or for a full schedule for the festival, visit the website at http://www.UncleDaveMaconDays.com.